Carbs: Good vs. Bad
Carbohydrates are a sticky subject. Some say never eat them, some use them as their source of fuel, and others know nothing about them. There are good carbs and there are bad carbs, and bad carbs are waistline and health busters. If you've been struggling with your weight, you are likely eating too many bad carbs, which turn into sugar. Lets break it down:
Simple carbohydrates are the bad ones. They provide little nutrition, and are not worthwhile for that reason alone. In addition, simple carbs are easy for your body to break down due to their short chains of carbon molecules. They then go straight into your bloodstream, causing a blood sugar spike. This sugar spike may fuel you artificially for a minute but it leads to a dramatic drop soon after... (I call this feeling "bonking") and subsequently it causes a hormonal craving for more simple carbs, aka crap.
Unsure of what simple or bad carbs are? Let's list a few:
- White Bread
- Cakes, Pies
- Pancakes, Waffles
These are just a few, but you get the idea...and, these simple carbs lead to a host of health issues. Sugar (which is what all simple carbs are broken down into) leads to inflammation in the body. This inflammation causes major problems like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, but also causes issues that are more superficial like weight gain, acne and skin sensitivities, and wrinkles. Who has time for any of that???
Not all carbs are created equal
Now that you are afraid of carbs, lets discuss the GOOD ones. There are definitely carbs that are worth eating daily and in plentiful amounts. Good carbs are complex carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates have longer chains of carbon molecules that take your body longer to breakdown and therefore creates a steadier infusion of sugar into your bloodstream and that means a steady supply of energy (no bonking).
Basic list of complex carbs:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Beans (lima, green, navy, kidney...)
- Peas (green, black eyed, snap...)
- Most green vegetables
- Fruit (especially berries)
This list is short and you should research other options to find what you like best and how you can incorporate them into your diet. These healthy carbohydrates provide lots of nutrients like vitamins, fiber, and protein, on top of being more filling and leaving you feeling satiated longer. In addition, complex carbs boost your metabolism, help with better, deeper sleep, aid in proper digestion, lessen depression symptoms, and enhance brain focus (no more "brain fog").
Let's cut the crappy, energy-stealing, weight-adding simple carbs and add in the healthy, life-sustaining, body-supporting complex carbs! Any steps you take creating a healthier diet will not only add up to feeling better, but will keep you looking better, too.
As always, I'm here if you have any questions. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org